Building a Fire Pit6:00:00 AM
Sometimes an idea seems like it is a little easier
than it actually is...
This is our yard before...
The muddy corner where nothing will grow because it is all shade and our two dogs run through it all day.
Meet the culprits:
Kirby & Kody
Clearly something had to be done!
Mark off the space and lay a border...
Decide where you want to put the fire pit.
We used Nicolock Pavers. A circle will require 15 stones.
We started with the first layer, working diligently to make it level...
Then we added the next 3 levels. You can use cement or a non combustable adhesive if you wish.
Note: these blocks are heavy and don't move easily!
Spray weed killer and cover the ground with a black weed barrier...
I did this part... check out the pink work gloves...
Start hauling wheelbarrow-full after wheelbarrow-full of pea gravel from the front driveway to the back yard.
I did not do this part!
Somewhere about now we were thinking about calling in some help...
As you can see I was all about the decorating...
I was putting out the pots as fast as Jim could get down the gravel...
After all, someone needed to be the "idea guy"...
The yard was turning out great!
This is the back gate to our friends house... The fence that soon needs to be replaced!
Sit down and relax!
Check out the cool ladder!
Ready for the cover? I also built a stylish cover for the fire pit that made it work as a coffee table too!
And though it wasn't an easy job by any means...Together we got it done!
(and then we went out to dinner because we were too tired to cook!)
Notice the sweaty heart on his shirt?
He worked really hard to make my idea come true!
We found that we needed to add bricks to the bottom of the fire pit to raise it up a little. The fire when down deep in the pit needed more air to burn without so much smoke. Once we did this, we had no problem.
We also lost one of the culprits. Kody died from cancer.
Here is an updated photo of our fire pit with a new fence which made all the difference in our yard!
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